TIBAS, Costa Rica – There is no doubt that Deportivo Saprissa is one of the most decorated teams in the Concacaf region. With three Concacaf club championships, there are few clubs that have a history that rivals the Monstruo Morado.
Yet the last time Saprissa tasted international glory was in 2005, which makes their 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League Final versus Motagua, beginning with Thursday’s first leg, all the more motivating.
“We are aware that the first match marks the second and that tomorrow will be a tough match against a good team,” said Saprissa Head Coach Walter Centeno in his pre-match press conference.
“Finals are played, they are won, they are lost, but I think it’s a day to wipe away that 14-year drought of not winning a title, but we have to do things that are of a Final level. It’s been many years since the institution has had a title at the international level and I think that motivates the players more to try to give that joy, but we have to show it on the field against a difficult opponent and break that negative streak,” added Centeno.
Centeno’s team will take to the same field where one week prior they earned a 4-1 win over another Honduran side, Olimpia, in the semifinal second leg to advance to the final 4-3 on aggregate.
Centeno believes that his team’s comeback against Olimpia will make Motagua all the more wary in Thursday’s affair.
“I think it’s going to be more difficult because they will have a reference from what happened last Thursday, so they will take the necessary precautions. They are going to close down spaces, they get overconfident, they know they are facing a team that never gives up and they are going to be very focused in the back to not concede goals. We expect a Motagua that is well set-up on the field and that makes things tough,” concluded Centeno.